Psalm 74; Psalm 75; Psalm 76; Psalm 77

1 Why have you abandoned us like this, O God? Will you be angry with your own people forever? 2 Remember your people, whom you chose for yourself long ago, whom you brought out of slavery to be your own tribe. Remember Mount Zion, where once you lived. 3 Walk over these total ruins; our enemies have destroyed everything in the Temple. 4 Your enemies have shouted in triumph in your Temple; they have placed their flags there as signs of victory. 5 They looked like woodsmen cutting down trees with their axes. 6 They smashed all the wooden panels with their axes and sledge hammers. 7 They wrecked your Temple and set it on fire; they desecrated the place where you are worshiped. 8 They wanted to crush us completely; they burned down every holy place in the land. 9 All our sacred symbols are gone; there are no prophets left, and no one knows how long this will last. 10 How long, O God, will our enemies laugh at you? Will they insult your name forever? 11 Why have you refused to help us? Why do you keep your hands behind you? 12 But you have been our king from the beginning, O God; you have saved us many times. 13 With your mighty strength you divided the sea and smashed the heads of the sea monsters; 14 you crushed the heads of the monster Leviathan and fed his body to desert animals. 15 You made springs and fountains flow; you dried up large rivers. 16 You created the day and the night; you set the sun and the moon in their places; 17 you set the limits of the earth; you made summer and winter. 18 But remember, O Lord, that your enemies laugh at you, that they are godless and despise you. 19 Don't abandon your helpless people to their cruel enemies; don't forget your persecuted people! 20 Remember the covenant you made with us. There is violence in every dark corner of the land. 21 Don't let the oppressed be put to shame; let those poor and needy people praise you. 22 Rouse yourself, God, and defend your cause! Remember that godless people laugh at you all day long. 23 Don't forget the angry shouts of your enemies, the continuous noise made by your foes.
1 We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks to you! We proclaim how great you are and tell of the wonderful things you have done. 2 "I have set a time for judgment," says God, "and I will judge with fairness. 3 Though every living creature tremble and the earth itself be shaken, I will keep its foundations firm. 4 I tell the wicked not to be arrogant; 5 I tell them to stop their boasting." 6 Judgment does not come from the east or from the west, from the north or from the south; 7 it is God who is the judge, condemning some and acquitting others. 8 The Lord holds a cup in his hand, filled with the strong wine of his anger. He pours it out, and all the wicked drink it; they drink it down to the last drop. 9 But I will never stop speaking of the God of Jacob or singing praises to him. 10 He will break the power of the wicked, but the power of the righteous will be increased.
1 God is known in Judah; his name is honored in Israel. 2 He has his home in Jerusalem; he lives on Mount Zion. 3 There he broke the arrows of the enemy, their shields and swords, yes, all their weapons. 4 How glorious you are, O God! How majestic, as you return from the mountains where you defeated your foes. 5 Their brave soldiers have been stripped of all they had and now are sleeping the sleep of death; all their strength and skill was useless. 6 When you threatened them, O God of Jacob, the horses and their riders fell dead. 7 But you, Lord, are feared by all. No one can stand in your presence when you are angry. 8 You made your judgment known from heaven; the world was afraid and kept silent, 9 when you rose up to pronounce judgment, to save all the oppressed on earth. 10 Human anger only results in more praise for you; those who survive the wars will keep your festivals. 11 Give the Lord your God what you promised him; bring gifts to him, all you nearby nations. God makes everyone fear him; 12 he humbles proud princes and terrifies great kings.
1 I cry aloud to God; I cry aloud, and he hears me. 2 In times of trouble I pray to the Lord; all night long I lift my hands in prayer, but I cannot find comfort. 3 When I think of God, I sigh; when I meditate, I feel discouraged. 4 He keeps me awake all night; I am so worried that I cannot speak. 5 I think of days gone by and remember years of long ago. 6 I spend the night in deep thought; I meditate, and this is what I ask myself: 7 "Will the Lord always reject us? Will he never again be pleased with us? 8 Has he stopped loving us? Does his promise no longer stand? 9 Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has anger taken the place of his compassion?" 10 Then I said, "What hurts me most is this - that God is no longer powerful." 11 I will remember your great deeds, Lord; I will recall the wonders you did in the past. 12 I will think about all that you have done; I will meditate on all your mighty acts. 13 Everything you do, O God, is holy. No god is as great as you. 14 You are the God who works miracles; you showed your might among the nations. 15 By your power you saved your people, the descendants of Jacob and of Joseph. 16 When the waters saw you, O God, they were afraid, and the depths of the sea trembled. 17 The clouds poured down rain; thunder crashed from the sky, and lightning flashed in all directions. 18 The crash of your thunder rolled out, and flashes of lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook. 19 You walked through the waves; you crossed the deep sea, but your footprints could not be seen. 20 You led your people like a shepherd, with Moses and Aaron in charge.
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